Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the children’s novel ‘So B. It’ by Sarah Weeks.
Today I pray, “Dear God, How do I better allow life to be, and trust that we are all connected?”
After my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to page 80 to the following passage:
“Up close I wasn’t very convincing, but I’d had plenty of practice flying under the radar.”
I did an Urban Dictionary search of “flying under the radar” upon my receiving this passage. Here is the definition from urbandictionary.com:
Flying Under the Radar
History of the phrase: Prior to electronic counter measures, military aircraft would fly beneath the Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) in order to not be detected by enemy forces. This term started out as a military phrase in the 1950’s.
Pop-Culture definition: Generally an insult or can be used as advice.
1. To not stand-out, to remain quiet.
2. To not draw any attention to yourself either positively or negatively.
By not standing out or gaining any positive or negative attention, the person ‘flying under the radar.’
3. To go undetected.
Michael has never gotten in any trouble nor ever receive any special recognition, in fact he is disliked by his peers, hated by his subordinates; managers/supervisors have only disdain for him because he spent his 20-year career flying under the radar.
“To be or not to be, that is the question.” Shakespeare grasped it beautifully in this famous soliloquy. I believe, personally, that we are invited to be. We are invited to be in every facet and corner and mystified masking of faith. This is what makes prayer so powerful. It is under the radar.
Up close, shouting the presence of God may not be so convincing. Faith isn’t meant to be forced. Nor is death. We are all connected to the promise of honoring life. No judgements. Heaven arrives. So be it.